Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Large Print - 2019
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"Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá. But threats of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the walls, where drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities When their mother hires a live-in maid from the city's guerilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona, whose unusual behavior belies more than shyness."--Back cover.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432860325
1432860321
Characteristics: 521 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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mnack_0
Sep 11, 2019

There were a lot of layers to this book - besides the practical nuts & bolts of the story, her graphic descriptions of Columbian life through the eyes of a child were riveting. The author did a terrific job of catching the "magical realism" of a child. Well written story about the impact of Pablo Escobar's drug kingdom on Colombia. And what it means to be a refugee in our country.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 26, 2019

I didn't get into the story until half way through but from then on it was engrossing. Maybe because I listened to it I would get the two young female voices confused. Nonetheless this is an impactful own voices novel based on the author's experiences growing up in Columbia.

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Tara_P
Nov 09, 2018

A friendship between two girls, one a servant in the home of the other, forms as they negotiate the gritty realities of Columbia in the late 20th century with its drug lords, paramilitary forces, and oppressive regime. Bombing and death are commonplace but still unsettling to the privileged girl in her gated community. Kidnapping by any of the forces in the conflict might happen at any time, particularly if there is a chance that the person is of some value to them. The sense of place is strong, so much so that it seems to dominate the story interestingly. The author's writing style is idiosyncratic in a way that fits the story. She has clearly used much of her own experience in writing this novel, but it is genuinely a work of fiction as is apparent when she speaks of her life in an author's note at the end.

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LibraryLES
Oct 19, 2018

I did not enjoy this book despite all the great reviews. I just couldn't get into the characters. I did enjoy the historical aspect and descriptions of Bogota and Columbian life, as tragic and sad as it was at times.

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brangwinn
Sep 30, 2018

One can’t love a sad story like this, but one can become enmeshed in the story of how life can change dramatically in Colombia as the drug lords laid siege. Telling the two intertwined stories of an upper middle class girl and a girl born in the slums, the girls relationships change as the story unfolds.

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emroberts
Jun 26, 2018

I loved this debut novel. Chula, Cassandra and their parents live in Colombia during the operation of the Medellín Cartel and Pablo Escobar, though the young girls are barely old enough to know much about either. Primarily through the younger Chula's eyes, Contreras builds a story about family, country and uncertainty. It's a bit of a slow burn--the author does a good job of limiting what we know, like her narrator would, but retaining the curiosity and rebelliousness of childhood. This book is fictional, but based on some of the author's real experiences. There are some fairly traumatic events (family separation, assault, kidnapping, refugee camps), that may be difficult for some readers.

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